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From September 2017, Cobden Works will be the official new home for Walk the Plank and the perfect place in which to embark on our next 25 years, and beyond.
Now that we’re firmly installed at Cobden Works we’re embarking on a new programme of learning and training aimed at creating a new generation of talent, as well as further developing the skills of people who we’ve worked with over many years.
So, come and join us on the next stage of our exciting journey into the world of outdoor arts with our autumn 2017 – spring 2018 Elevate programme - talks and workshops by renowned inter/national artists, designers and creatives from across the sector.

Traditional Balinese Ogoh-Ogoh Mask Making (beginners) with I Made Sutama
Dates: Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th October 2017
Time: 9.30 - 1.30pm on each day
This 2 day workshop will teach the traditional Balinese Ogoh-Ogoh Mask Making technique from Bali.
Ogoh-ogoh is a big puppet (2 meters - 5 meters) made out of wood, bamboo and paper. Its form usually a beast or scary creature, made according to local Bali story or from Ramayana & Mahabharata. It is made by communities to celebrate Balinese new year, with parade, dance and Balinese traditional music and burnt.
The Spiritual Journey of Ogoh-ogoh in Balinese Culture with I Made Sutama (Oka)
Date: Wednesday 17th October 2017
Time: 7-8.30pm
I Made Sutama will talk about the fascinating techniques and traditions behind the Balinese Ogoh-Ogoh Masks and puppets from Bali.
Puppet and Mask Making with Alison Duddle
Dates: Wednesday 1st November 2017 
Time: 9.30am- 5pm
In this practical workshop Alison will be sharing some of the key techniques she uses in puppet and mask making, including creating clay sculpting for papier mache, and basic wood carving.

She will bring many examples of puppets from different productions so participants can explore construction methods, jointing and controls.  

This workshop is suitable for advanced creative practitioners.
My Work with Puppets and Masks with Alison Duddle
Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Time: 7-8.30pm
In this talk,  Alison will give an overview of the type of work that she has created for both theatre and outdoor performance, including parade art.

She will bring many examples of her puppets and masks to illustrate materials, techniques and aesthetic approach.
Structural Costume for Parade with Steven Hoyte of Rampage Mas Band.
Date: Saturday 11 November 2017
Time: 9.30am-5pm 
In this practical workshop, Steven will share some of the tips and techniques that he uses to make his award winning large-scale carnival costumes.  

He will bring different kinds of packs to show various ways of rigging large costumes, and you will make a small wire back pack of your own.
Rampage Mas Band & Large Scale Carnival Costumes  with Rampage's Steven Hoyte
Date: Saturday 11 November 2017
Time: 7-8.30pm
Steven Hoyte from Rampage Mas Band will talk about their award-winning costumes and the history of the internationally respected company.
Mobile Power for Costumes and Makes with Rob Hill
Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Time: 6-9pm 
We will look at simple, low cost, creative solutions to lighting sculptural images, lanterns, costumes and environments outdoors and in portable situations.

We will explore different battery and power options to make sure you don’t go dark halfway through your show, and why there’s always a better option than ‘bunging a few fairy lights in it’...!

What is ELEVATE?

ELEVATE gives artists and community leaders the opportunity to gain inspiration and skills from internationally renowned musicians, designers and participatory artists.
The workshops are supported by Arts Council England and aim to support regional artists to create world-class art in the public realm. ELEVATE’s masterclass series is a partnership project between Manchester City Council and Walk the Plank's learning programme.
ELEVATE supports artists and community groups participating in Manchester Day. One of the largest community outdoor arts events in the North West, bringing colour, dance, music and spectacle to the streets of Manchester in a celebration of all things Mancunian. Now in its 8th year, Manchester Day took place on the 18 June 2017.